Christmas gift inspiration

Our gift choices have an impact on people other than those we’re buying for, as well as on the environment. We’ve put together a selection of ethical ideas to inspire you with your shopping this Christmas.

We have a number of fairs coming up around the diocese where you can stock up on gifts and soak up the festive atmosphere.

  • The Bay Christmas Bazaar, a low-waste event, will be on from 10am till 2pm on Saturday 7 December at St Jude’s hall, 68 Freyberg St, Lyall Bay. Bring cash, keep cups, and containers.

Shop in person:

  • If you’re in the city, the Cathedral Gift Shop is well worth a visit. It’s usually open from 10 till 4 Mon-Thurs and Sat, 11-2 Fri, after Sunday morning services, and otherwise by appointment (with It’s a beautiful little shop that sells fair trade products, NZ crafts, and Christian resources.
  • Trade Aid is a well-known stockist of fair-trade products and gifts. One way you could support fair trade throughout the year is to set up an account to order your church’s tea and coffee supplies through them.

Shop online:

  • Refreshed sells handmade earrings from Levin designers.



  • Bags, aprons, and clothing are available at Liminal  – these are made by FreeSet, CommonGood, and the Loyal Workshop, which employ vulnerable women in India under fair-trade working conditions.


  • Joe McMenamin (an artist married to Rev. Sarah McMenamin of St John’s in Feilding) is selling his beautiful art prints, Christmas cards, and other products.


  • Merry Mashi Christmas decorations are made by elderly women in Kolkata (available for group orders only at this stage).


  • There’s a new book out about bishop Eddie Norman, written by his daughter, Elizabeth Kay.